On the Wikipedia page for Post Rock (Here) it says that the magazine New Musical Express has stated that Public Image Limited was "arguably the first post-rock group" (the quotation is from the article, suggesting that's exactly what was said). However, the citation for the quote is incorrect - those words, or even their sentiment, are not in the linked article.

I would like to correct the citation, but whenever I search for those words, I just get links back to Wikipedia, rather than the original source. So now I'm not even sure if NME ever said such a thing.

Anyone have any thoughts on correcting this citation?

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    It's Wikipedia --if the info is not supported by the citation, just remove it. Adding an inaccurate citation is an easy way to "launder" fake information, because few people actually follow up. Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 18:09
  • oh I know, and I will be removing it, I would rather just replace it with a correction rather than nothing.
    – cduston
    Commented Apr 7, 2017 at 18:23
  • It's the kind of thing the NME would say, which is probably why the statement persists...
    – Angst
    Commented Apr 27, 2017 at 18:02

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The wiki page contains citation #25, "NME Reviews: Plastic Box". NME. January 11, 1999. Archived from the original on June 10, 2008. Retrieved July 8, 2008."

The archived URL at https://web.archive.org/web/20080610054006/http://www.nme.com/reviews/public-image-ltd/641 contains the full quotation:

"Arguably the first post-rock group, they traded traditional rock influences for something far more interesting."

Click on the first link within the reference labelled. "NME Reviews: Plastic Box."

The second link labelled "the original" just takes you to the main NME website. I did a search for PiL and the quotation but couldn't locate it, suggesting that it is only available from the archive.

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